Continued legal and ethical breaches in accountability within nonprofit organizations, including museums, have put the industry at risk for losing the public trust. Museum managers in the United States continue to respond to public calls for fiscal and ethical transparency. This paper reports on the findings from current original research that investigates governance policy changes in American museums of varied types and sizes. The study demonstrates how American museum governance is changing to align more closely with traditionally accepted “best practice” business measures that reflect values and concerns held by museum stakeholders. Policies and procedures, including registering and evaluating board member conflicts of interest or establishing an independent audit committee, are recommended to prevent abuse of power delegated by stakeholders.
|Keywords:||Public Trust, Accountability, Best Practices, Management|
PhD Student, Museum & Gallery Studies, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK
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